Tom’s Place offers our condolences to the victims and their families during this time of mourning. The level of shock and grief must be unbearable, and cannot be wished away by mere words or platitudes. Instead, we offer our prayers for the alleviation of your suffering, and hope that some good can come from this tragedy.
I have held off on writing about the tragedy of the Fort Hood shootings, primarily because I wanted to hear and read facts and not the inaccurate speculation that the talking heads on the news channels spout merely to garner ratings. In the wake of such an incident, facts and opinions often are blended together, leading to misinformation, hysteria, and distrust. While this last is sometimes useful, it should be based in fact, not fiction.
Here’s a summary of what we know to date:
Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist and Muslim, opened fire on his fellow soldiers, killing 13 and injuring 38 others (reports vary) while yelling "Allahu Akbar, God is great!". It was reported that Hasan’s activities leading up to the shootings mirrored that of other Islamic suicide terrorists such as saying goodbye to friends & giving away personal possessions. It was also reported that he was distressed at being transferred to Afghanistan and/or Iraq, where he may be called upon to fire on “fellow Muslims.” Last, and perhaps most disturbingly, it was reported that he contacted Al Qaeda, contacts that were known to the Army and FBI.
There is much more information, some of which I suspect is true, but it is the last sentence in the above paragraph that is frightening to me. Are we so caught up in political correctness that we have have our blinders on & will ignore danger? Are the words and actions of a person not cause to investigate a person that is in a position to cause harm?
The United States government along with other governments around the world have declared Al Qaeda an enemy. Should contact with the enemy be allowed? According to what I understand of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), such an action is treasonous. Thus, Hasan should have been removed from duty and charged accordingly under the appropriate articles.
There are those that would make Hasan out to be a victim, harassed because of his religion, and pushed over the edge. Being an officer in the military and a doctor, I believe there were other options available to him besides a Columbine-style massacre. No, this doesn’t wash – there were other signs that this was a deliberate act of terrorism.
Yes, I said it, although our news media and Government are avoiding the word like the plague. Why? To avoid “offending” Muslims. Why avoid offending Muslims when they offend citizens of all other religious and non-religious persuasions every day? Because Muslims would riot and the others don’t? From the American Thinker:
But why confuse ourselves with facts? The narrative has been set down: the problem involves not killers shooting innocents for pathological reasons, but nonexistent mobs running the streets of America, waving ropes and looking for anyone wearing a dishdash. It’s not Islamists who are responsible; it’s us, America and the people who inhabit it. The great thing about multiculturalism is that it can be cut down, trimmed, reshaped and refurbished and made to fit anything. Here it has been reworked to serve as the cover for the murder of thirteen servicemen and the maiming of thirty-odd others. And we’re supposed to sit back and nod and say, "Obama knows best. If anything’s wrong, Obama will tell us."
It will turn out to be the Army’s fault. They simply didn’t "adapt" themselves to Hasan’s needs. They required him to do things. They insisted on sending him to Afghanistan when he didn’t want to go. All those things they never require of Christian, secular, Jewish, or, Vishnu forbid, Hindu soldiers. Much will be made of the fact that somebody once keyed his car. (Always a good excuse for a massacre — just ask all those lefties I shot after somebody keyed my vehicle for displaying the wrong bumper sticker.) When it happens again — as it will — we will hear cries for more "understanding", for the armed forces to adapt to changing circumstances, for removal of crosses on military bases, for the elimination of Jewish officers in units into which Muslims might be transferred. Obama will give a speech about it. Secretary Napolitano will attend a series of conferences. As for Casey… well, who listens to retired generals anyway?
It’s time to take the politically correct blinders off and call a terrorist a terrorist as easily as we would call a duck a duck. Perhaps then we would be much more effective in combating our enemies here and abroad. From another American Thinker columnist, Bob Wier:
We must rid ourselves of the foolish notion that we’re being broadminded when we ignore vitriolic loathing of our culture and our lifestyle. Refusing to take action against evil for fear of being guilty of stereotyping has resulted in flag-draped coffins for thirteen of America’s finest. What occurred at Fort Hood is even more stunning because it exposes a weak-willed mentality that has become woven into the fabric of the mightiest military force in the history of the world.
When we think of political correctness, we usually view it as confined to the Hollywood crowd and other assorted leftists. The fact that it has invaded the ranks of those who defend our freedom, here and around the world, is more than a bit alarming. We must not let the death of those soldiers count for nothing! If this unspeakable horror invokes a new paradigm in our approach to the enemies within, those who lost their lives will rest in peace, knowing that their sacrifice has taught us a lesson that will save countless other lives in the future. On the other hand, if we don’t view this as a wake-up call and take appropriate action, the date of our destruction can’t be far off.
Perhaps this is going to be our lessons learned from this tragedy, but only if we keep reading and pay attention to the notes.
From an earlier post:
Whether we like it or not, I believe that the Islamic terrorists are going to do their damnest to make this into a religious war from whatever it can be called now. They will use the classic good vs. evil argument, an us-vs.-them conflict in the name of a jihad (religious war, for those of you in Rio Linda). They will plot, plan, and execute attacks that will cause large numbers of casualties. And the elites idiots among us will wring their hands crying, “We don’t understand! We were talking!” Understand this, you Brie-eaters – there are people in the world that want to kill you just for the reason that you exist!! And we still seem to pursue the idiotic mantra of appeasement to those who wish nothing more than to destroy our country and subjugate us to their religion.
I am hoping that our politicians will wake up and realize that the enemy isn’t at the gates, they are through them and waging war inside the walls. But given the same-day response of our President to the Fort Hood shootings, I somehow don’t think that it is going to be anytime soon.